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Month: February 2012

Re: [trinity-devel] Mouse buttons and terminology

From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@...>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:04:42 -0600
On 02/08/2012 10:23 PM, Darrell Anderson wrote:
> The best I have conceived is "primary" and "secondary" buttons. Yet I realize some people might find those terms confusing too.

Primary and secondary work. Click, depress? 'Select' is what the mouse does to
an object, not really what you do to the mouse.. From the technical writing
standpoint it is almost useful to have an intro or synopsis at the beginning.
Something along the lines of.

The following reference will use the terms X, Y, Z to refer to the mouse buttons
which control axis-1, axis-2, ... On a typical right-hand mouse configuration
the left-button is primary, the right-button is secondary, etc..

What you will run up against are the non-technical terms frequently used in
mouse operations, i.e. click, shift-click, click & hold, click & drag,
right-click, etc.. There is just no easy off-the-shelf set of terms that
properly refer to that.

Good luck Darrell, glad you're on it :)

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.